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On board and in the air with the “Madras Maiden” B-17 bomber

May 2, 2017
A restored B-17 bomber sits on the runway at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday, May 1, 2017. The plane, named the Madras Maiden, is one of only 12 B-17's in flying condition. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

Photos and video by MAKENZIE KOCH and BENJAMIN ZACK, Standard-Examiner

SALT LAKE CITY — On Monday, one of the few remaining B-17 bombers built before the end of World War II touched down at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

The Oklahoma-based Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit air-museum, is touring around the country with the Madras Maiden, one of 12 operating B-17s. The tour is meant as a way to get people interested in history while also honoring veterans.

The B-17 was nicknamed the “Flying Fortress” and used primarily on missions over Europe in World War II. Of the 12,732 B-17s built by Boeing from 1935 to 1945, 4,735 were lost in combat.

The Madras Maiden was built near the end of the war and never used in combat. Instead, the plane was used for research for 15 years before being sold and resold to various private companies and museums.

The plane will be available for tours and flights on May 6 and 7 at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Public flights will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with ground tours starting after the last flight. A flight in the Madras Maiden costs $450, according to the nonprofit. Those interested in taking a flight should call the Liberty Foundation at 918-340-0243.

See even more photos of the Madras Maiden here

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